Fortnite Releases Halloween Update with Some Big Gameplay Changes

fortnite halloween update

Fortnite has been enjoying enormous success lately, thanks in large part to its free Battle Royale update. Players looking for a PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds style experience on consoles have flocked to Fortnite to get their fix. With Halloween right around the corner, Epic Games is bringing some new content into the game to celebrate the season along with some major gameplay changes for both the PvE and PvP sides of the title.

Update 1.8, also known as Fortnitemares, adds in a number of quality of life improvements to Fortnite's popular Battle Royale mode such as voice chat on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as auto-picking up loot rather than forcing the player to manually select everything. More importantly, Leaderboards are now live, letting players compare their stats against the world, friends, and by match type. Epic Games has also enabled seasons, giving players a chance to level up their character with a certain time to earn unique rewards and banner flair. The first season offers rewards at tier 10 and 25 with a level cap set at 100.

Fortnite's new mode: Vlad Moon Rising

In addition to those big features, Fortnitemares adds a number of little Halloween touches to the game as well. In Battle Royale, players stuck inside the storm during a Battle Royale match will also see new effects and visuals to make things a little more spooky. A few weapons have also gotten a new look for the holiday as well including the Jack-O-Launcher and the Grave Digger assault rifle.

On the PvE front, eight of the Fortnite heroes now have Halloween inspired looks including a Ghoul Trooper, Llama Ninja, and more. A new region called Hexsylvania has also been added, offering players exclusive Halloween inspired rewards along with a new game mode called Vlad Moon Rising. In addition to 36 new story quests to tackle, the new Trap The Storm mode forces players to work together to reinforce and hold existing structures against pumpkin headed husks and Vampire Takers. Players can then spend newly earned in-game currency on Halloween llamas.

Propelled by the success of Battle Royale as well as the continued support of the game through these title updates, Epic Games has seen its player base consistently rise each month. While PlayerUnknown's Battleground continues to experience unparalleled success on the PC, Fortnite continues to break its own concurrent players record as well. Just a couple of weeks ago, Epic announced that Battle Royale had passed 10 million players. With new features like seasons and leaderboards finally added to the game, the number is likely to continue to rise.

Fortnite is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Epic Games

Check out Page 2 for the complete list of changes, features, and enhancements in update 1.8 for Fortnite.



  • Greatly reduced input latency on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
    • Controls overall should feel more responsive on consoles.
    • We’ve re-enabled capped 30 FPS on PS4 and PS4 Pro to maintain a smooth experience.


    • Added an option to toggle targeting.
      • Players now have the option to press their “Target” button once to enter and leave the targeting state, and will no longer need to hold down if toggle targeting is enabled.



      • Introducing “Slurp Juice,” a regeneration potion that grants 1 health and 1 shield per second for 25 seconds.
      • You can now customize your character, banner, and equip any cosmetics in the new Locker menu.
      • Voice chat comes to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
      • Players will now auto-pickup ammo, building resources, and traps.
      • New graphics are visible to players who are caught outside the Storm safe zone, and the storm wall visuals have been updated.
      • New Halloween skins are on sale in the newly implemented store, and will only be available until 11/4.
        • Use V-bucks to purchase items from the store.
        • Character Skins
          • Skull Trooper
          • Ghoul Trooper

          • Reaper Skin - Pickaxe

          SLURP JUICE

          Slurp Juice is a regeneration potion that grants one health and one shield per second for 25 seconds.  Slurp Juice can heal players all the way up to 100 health. These can be found in the same locations as other consumables and you can stack up to two of them.

          ITEM SHOP

          • Players can now purchase a unique array of outfits, gliders and pickaxes in the new item shop.
            • Offers will rotate on both a weekly and daily basis
            • All items sold are cosmetic only and do not grant any competitive advantage
            • Purchased items can be equipped in the new locker screen prior to starting a match


            • Players can customize their character’s appearance in the new Locker menu with the following options:
              • Set your banner image and color
              • Equip any purchased outfits, gliders or pickaxes


              • Rank up against other players and friends in the following categories:
                • Total Wins
                • Solo
                  • Top 10
                  • Top 25

                  • Top 5
                  • Top 12

                  • Top 3
                  • Top 6

                  There are currently two types of leaderboards:

                  • Division leaderboard
                    • A division is a group of 50 active players competing against each other to see who will take top the spot.
                    • You are automatically assigned to a new division each week.
                    • Each match type (Solo, Duos and Squads) gets its own separate division.

                    • Compare yourself to your friends by turning on "Friends Only" on the leaderboard screen.

                    All leaderboards reset weekly on Wednesdays. Only players on your platform are included in the rankings. Expect improvements in upcoming releases.

                    SEASON LEVELS

                    • Seasons will give the player a chance to level-up their character and earn unique seasonal rewards and banner flair.
                      • The first season will give players a chance to level up to 100, with player level displayed on their banner.
                      • Banner flair is awarded in levels 2-49, giving players an additional way to show off their mastery.
                      • There are 2 unique rewards that will be provided in the first season. These will only be earned by seasonal progress and cannot be obtained by other methods at this time:
                        •  Level 10 – Unique seasonal banner
                        •  Level 25 – Unique seasonal glider

                        • A new challenge will be provided each day with the ability to have up to 3 active challenges in total
                        • Completing Daily Challenges will provide the player with seasonal level XP

                        TEAM VOICE CHAT - PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE

                        If you have a microphone, you can now chat with your squad mates on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

                        • PC players have push to talk enabled by default. Bound to the Y key.
                        • PlayStation 4 and Xbox One player’s mics are voice activated by default.
                        • Voice chat is enabled by default, but you can turn it off in the Audio Options menu.
                        • Note that PC players also have the ability to team voice chat, which we added in the previous update.


                        NEW STORM EFFECTS

                        Players caught inside the Storm zone may be in for a fright! New effects and visuals make for a much more intense experience. The Storm wall has been updated as well. Run to safety!


                        The new “Combat Pro” controller config is aimed at keeping the user's thumbs on the sticks as much as possible so they can make fast weapon swaps and build quickly. We're trying to add a familiar feel for shooter players, placing the map as a button in the middle of the gamepad and taking crouch off a bumper button.

                        • Access the new controller config from the “Controller” tab in the settings menu.
                        • Be sure to select the “Apply” button to save the change.


                        • Added auto-pickup for ammo, building resources, and traps.
                          • Your player will loot these items automatically when walking over them.
                          • Note that dropped items will not be automatically picked up, but you can still manually pick them up.


                          • Adjusted Submachine Gun characteristics. (Does not affect the Tactical variant.)
                            • Common/Uncommon damage increased from 11 to 12.
                            • Rare damage increased from 12 to 13.
                            • Decreased reload time by 15%.

                            • Reduced accuracy penalty while moving.
                            • Does not affect Burst or Scoped variants.

                            • Updated visuals while zoomed in.
                            • Tracer effects and smoke now match the weapon’s behavior.


                            • Aiming sensitivity on controllers now scales with your weapon’s zoom, similar to how it does with the mouse.
                              • This change replaces the previous sensitivity adjustment we made to scoped weapons.

                              • The 4th quick slot has changed from the Z key to 5.
                              • The 5th quick slot has changed from the X key to 6.

                              • It should now be easier to make fine adjustments to your aim on controllers.


                              • Added more loot to the area with containers south of Tomato Town and shifted the containers to better align with the building grid.
                              • Fixed issues where grass could be hidden on certain types of terrain.
                              • Various fixes for terrain seams and floating objects.
                              • Fixed some objects that were previously indestructible.


                              • Voice Chat now works while spectating teammates and after the match ends.
                              • Decreased the distance players can hear ceiling and wall trap audio.
                              • Added ambient “zap” audio to placed wall traps.
                              • Fixed issue which caused footstep audio to be drowned out while other sounds were playing.
                              • Fixed an issue which could cause footstep sounds to trigger multiple times per step.


                              • Added several new ways to access the Item Shop, Locker and other new features.
                              • Added a “Season Shop” tab.
                                • This is a preview of a feature still in development, that will be implemented in a later update.

                                • This message now pops up before you enter the matchmaking lobby, but only if there is new information added since the last time you saw it.

                                • Med Kit is now green (Uncommon).
                                • Shield Potion is now blue (Rare).


                                • Trees and foliage will no longer cause very low frame rates when Material Quality is set to anything lower than High.
                                • Implemented profile guided optimization to help overall CPU performance on consoles.
                                • Improved thread affinities on console to help overall CPU performance.
                                • Improved animation system performance.
                                • Reduced hitching issues on all platforms.
                                • Fixed grainy visual artifacts on trees with certain graphics configurations.

                                KNOWN ISSUES

                                • Selecting a party member in the lobby will display an incorrect banner.
                                • Other player's gliders may appear lopsided if a glider cosmetic is equipped.

                                SAVE THE WORLD

                                FORTNITEMARES - VLAD MOON RISING

                                • Explore our spookiest stormscape yet! Gothic castles, grim mansions, creepy catacombs, and more await you in the mists of Hexsylvania.
                                  • Trap the Storm! This new mission focuses on reinforcing and defending existing buildings. Fortify your castle, and prepare for a close combat husk brawl.
                                  • Dig into Hexsylvania’s cryptic history with bone chilling story quests! 36 new quests in all.
                                  • Adventure into the mists of Hexslyvania after completing Storm Shield Defense 3.

                                  • Beware the Pumpkin Head Husk, a nightmarish creature guaranteed to scare you out of your gourd.
                                  • Protect ya neck! The Vampire Taker is out for blood. His attacks heal him, and some say he can’t be seen on the mini-map.

                                  • Spend the candy you earned by completing quests and mission alerts on Halloween llamas for extra Fortnitemares fun.
                                  • Slot Fortnitemares Cosplay Survivors into your Collection Book and receive event rewards!

                                  • Behold the crawling terror of the updated Fortnitemares themed lobby.


                                  • Heroes, Defenders, Leaders, Workers, Schematics and Transform Keys get a new unique look.
                                  • New and improved Defender Interface. Players can now choose weapons and ammo for Defenders all from one menu.
                                  • Improved Daily Rewards!
                                    • All item XP has been replaced with rare or better items, valuable resources, or Upgrade Llamas.
                                    • You will receive Upgrade Llamas at a higher rate than the new login rewards.
                                    • You will be retroactively rewarded with Epic and above rarity items that have been added for any days you’ve already collected.

                                    • For every unspent 1,000 Scavenger’s Tickets you will automatically receive a Scavenger Llama available in the loot tab.
                                    • Turning off the Horde event will cause the Current Daily Llama to be reset at 4am during the downtime compared to the normal 8pm. Make sure to get those Llamas before it’s too late!


                                    • Changed the “Leaping Ninjas” Mutant Storm Modifier to apply AoE damage when a Ninja lands after using the Mantis Leap ability.
                                      • This ability still has reduced stamina cost, but the modifier no longer increases the Ninja’s jump height.

                                      • Don’t let the Fortnitemares monsters spook you! Take advantage of these two new traps and cover your backs:
                                        • Ceiling Drop Trap
                                          • These tires can be dropped from up to 3 tiles above your foes, oh, and they bounce!

                                          • Place this on the ground to slow and freeze enemy monsters’ movement in place. Particularly effective against Fire elemental enemies.

                                          • Increased Knockback and Impact (Melee)
                                          • Headshot Streak Damage Bonus (Ranged)
                                          • Increased Damage vs Afflicted targets (Both)
                                          • Increased Damage vs Slowed and Snared targets (Both)
                                          • Increased Damage vs Stunned, Staggered, and Knocked Down targets (Both)

                                          • Overall outcome is a +7.5% buff to all reload speed alterations.


                                          • 8 new Halloween Heroes have been added.
                                            • Marine Corpse Ramirez (Support Specialist Soldier)
                                            • Skull Trooper Jonesy (Urban Assault Soldier)
                                            • Catstructor Penny (Hotfix Constructor)
                                            • Hazard the 13th (Controller Constructor)
                                            • Sarah Hotep (Dragon Ninja)
                                            • Shuriken Master Llamurai (Shuriken Master Ninja)
                                            • Ranger Beetlejess (Ranger Outlander)
                                            • Bloodfinder A.C. (Pathfinder Outlander)

                                            • Epic and Legendary versions of the 7 other Heroes can be earned by:
                                            • Completing your collection of Fortnitemares Cosplay Survivors.
                                            • Playing through the Hexsylvanian quest line.


                                            • When a card is ready to upgrade, a glowing yellow indicator will appear by the XP bar, and Stars will glow when an evolution is available.
                                              • We removed up arrows on larger card sizes and added them on smaller sizes.

                                              • The horizontal card shape for schematics have been changed to a vertical shape.
                                              • Our intention is to unify the shapes of cards across the game, making the images of Weapons and Traps a bit larger, and giving them more character.

                                              • Players can now summon defenders with a choice of weapon (and ammo) directly from the defender screen.
                                              • Players can still drop a weapon and ammo on the ground for the defender to pick up if they choose to do so.

                                              • Now a player is told they will get a rare OR a hero drop.

                                              • Was previously referred to as a Socket Wrench.

                                              • The Helicopter node in Research Tree 2 was swapped with the Hang Glider node in Research Tree 4.
                                              • This fix may cause some players to have parts of their research skill tree reset and refunded.
                                              • No progress will be lost but players will need to rebuy their skills again with their refunded points.


                                              • Updated the Defender tutorial to work with new UI.
                                              • Fixed an issue which caused floating lights to be present in the Plankerton Storm Shield.
                                              • Fixed an issue which prevented players from completing the track in “Deliver the Bomb” missions.
                                              • Fixed an issue which did not automatically complete the grenade objective if players missed the grenade target three times during grenade training.
                                                • With this issue now resolved, players should be able to advance through the tutorial correctly.


                                                • The blue background on Schematic Cards has been changed to a lighter color.
                                                • Added a sensationally spooky cinematic to introduce Fortnitemares.
                                                • New model and animation set for the Taker.
                                                • Fixed an issue with the way Tail of the Dragon particle effects displayed on other players' game clients.
                                                • New Card Art
                                                  • We have created a new, distinct visual style for Heroes, Weapons, Schematics, and Survivors.


                                                  • General stability improvements.
                                                  • Fixed several issues that were causing in-game hitching.
                                                  • Fixed several client crashes.

                                                  KNOWN ISSUES

                                                  • There is a chance that a player can spawn into a zone with no pickaxe.
                                                  • Husks sometimes spawn in unreachable locations during Encampment encounters.
                                                  • Healing pads can still work even when at 0 durability.
                                                  • The mouse cursor is sometimes invisible on PS4.

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